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Human Orientation in Scandinavian IS Research as It Appears in SJIS

Abstract: A special ‘flavor’ in Scandinavian IS research is an orientation towards organizational and people issues. We take this as a starting point in our study of human-oriented influences in Scandinavian IS research. For this purpose, we review and classify articles published in Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems (SJIS) during 1989-2003. The classification is based on a proposal that IS phenomena comprehend complex semiotic and systemic interactions between IT, organization and institution, and human beings. Each pair of these ‘elements’ is addressed from the viewpoint of systemic and semiotic interaction, and construction. As a result, we find that human-oriented influences are strongest in research on systems construction. In interaction research, the weight is more on organization-oriented issues. Overall, we find that Scandinavian IS research, as represented in SJIS, is overwhelmingly based on the conviction that it is important to understand people in regard to the activities they perform. However, a holistic, multifaceted view of the human being is missing, which leads to a scattered treatment of human issues and viewpoints.

Reference: Koskinen, M., Liimatainen, K. & Pekkola, S. (2005). Human Orientation in Scandinavian IS Research as It Appears in SJIS. In E. Hustad, B.E. Munkvold, K. Rolland & L.S. Flak (toim.) Proceedings of the 28th Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia (IRIS’28). Adger University College, Norja.

Available online: 2005-IRIS28.pdf

Information Systems Research: Scientific Concepts, Language and Change in Evolving Problem Solving Activity

Abstract: There are several types of approaches to specify the contents and boundaries of the IS field, some of which are normative and some descriptive. However, they do not consider the role of scientific language change in problem solving. Research is an ever-continuing “intellectual voyage”, in which both a research community and each individual researcher progress from one understanding to another during time. An essential part of the problem solving activity and its progress and thereby the progress of the field is evolution of language through problem solving. If a conceptual core for Information Systems is ever to be formed, it should at least make sense in regard to the progress of the IS field among its reference disciplines. Currently, such core cannot be identified due to the use of theoretically and linguistically isolated viewpoints to IS research. We need to strive to change our scientific language to convey and bridge gaps between different viewpoints and schools. In this, new conceptual innovations and active reinterpretation of used theories are needed. An inclusive view of the ontology of the field and willingness to actively pursue to evolve one’s language, concepts, and conceptual viewpoints innovatively in research is essential for this.

Reference: Koskinen, M. 2005. Information Systems Research: Scientific Concepts, Language and Change in Evolving Problem Solving Activity. ECIS 2005 Proceedings. Paper 150.

Available online: https://aisel.aisnet.org/ecis2005/150/